It’s funny what the fixture generator can throw up to get you excited for the first day of the season.
Last year, Norwich – the previous season’s Championship champions – travelled to Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League.
This season, Leeds – last season’s Championship champions – will make the same, albeit slightly shorter trip to Anfield.
If Norwich’s performance that day was audacious but ultimately fruitless, how will the Whites and Marcelo Bielsa approach it?
Our talkSPORT Selector Predictor engine – back in action for another campaign – has Jurgen Klopp’s men, unsurprisingly, down to take the spoils.
But it’s tighter than you might think, with just a three-point swing between the sides.
And that narrow margin might well turn out to be the case on the pitch too.
And here’s why:
A hangover gets better with time, doesn’t it? But from lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in 30 years to their first game of the 2020/21 season, Liverpool will have had just 40 days. Surely they won’t come out on top form?
Leeds have lost just once in their last 15 games, and workaholic Bielsa will no doubt have a masterplan up his sleeve to take the three points
An opening day at a raucous Anfield serenading their league winners might have overwhelmed most promoted sides, but the lack of fans could even out the odds
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Use the time wisely!